March – July Wrap Up

Hello! I haven’t done a wrap up in ages so I figured I’d make this month’s an all in one  to share what books I’ve been reading over the past few months and my thoughts on them. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ *

Honestly, this book started off being a five-star read. It had the perfect mix of atmosphere and intriguing characters, especially the protagonist Catherine (aka the Red Queen) as she was such a likeable character and I was really invested in her story and her journey to becoming the Red Queen I know (and love) from Alice in Wonderland. However as the story continued I felt like the plot and characterisation both became a bit inconsistent and I was left disappointed with the ending. Still I really enjoyed the first half of the book and I found the relationship between Catherine and Jest to be sweet if a little quick.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A new favourite! Stolen Songbird is one of the best books I’ve read this year so far and it was such a fun and compelling story. It’s about a young girl being kidnapped and taken to an underground kingdom of trolls which are creatures I don’t think I’ve ever read about before, especially not in a romantic context. It had all of my favourite guilty pleasure tropes, an arranged marriage, political intrigue and a slow burning hate-to-love romance and I just loved it so much. I immediately bought the rest of the series and I can’t wait to continue on.

Losing It by Cora Cormack ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I picked this up on a whim at a charity shop a while ago after recognising the author’s name and decided to give it a go and I was really pleasantly surprised. I usually hate the teacher-student romance trope but I honestly didn’t mind it in Losing It. I liked Bliss as a main character and the plot had the perfect mix of humor and romance that I haven’t read in a while. It wasn’t perfect but it was a lot of fun and I’m really glad I picked it up. However, I don’t think I’ll continue on in the series as the next book is about Cole who I actually really disliked in the book so I’m not that interested in his storyline but maybe if I see it for cheap I might grab it anyway.

Dreadnought by April Daniels ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ *

I actually quite liked this book but I don’t know if I’ll be doing a full review due to some comments made by the author that I found after reading Dreadnought.

Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆*

I requested this after hearing a lot of hype on twitter and to be honest I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. The romance felt very fast paced and instant and I was more interested in what happened to the protagonists brother in the woods and the mystery surrounding his murder rather than reading about Shepard. I did enjoy the banter between Claudia and Shepard though and I liked how the book explored Claudia’s recovery process. I’m interested in reading more of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s work as I’ve heard a lot of great things and I really liked her writing style and characterisation in Haven.

Play With Me by Alisha Rai ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Again, another twitter recommendation! I actually really liked Play With Me. The two protagonists were each others first loves and had an intimate and long term relationship that eventually unraveled and Play With Me explores a chance reunion that gives them both the opportunity so see just how much the other has changed and possibly continue their relationship where it left off. I enjoyed the fact that it focused on two ex’s reuniting and gave us a lot of backstory to their relationship as it made their interactions more believable and interesting to read about. It’s quite a quick read so I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fun adult romance.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I don’t know why I put off reading this for so long! I knew I’d love it but I just always avoided picking it up but with the film coming out I just really wanted to read it and I’m so glad I did. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is such a cute book, it’s so much fun and a great summer read. Simon is an easy character to like and I feel like Becky Albertalli’s writing YA characters so well that there was something relatable within each of the characters. I was slightly underwhelmed with how the blackmailing storyline turned out but that’s one of my only gripes and I’d 100% recommend picking this up.

Alice by Christina Henry ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Another Alice in Wonderland retelling! This, however is a lot darker than Heartless, it’s actually quite a brutal and gory take on the classic Alice tale and Christina Henry’s interpretation was so interesting to read. In this book Alice has been a patient at an ‘asylum’ after being found bloody and beaten muttering about a rabbit after going missing in what is considered the ‘bad’ part of the city. We then follow Alice’s subsequent escape years later alongside another resident, axe-murderer Hatcher as they’re forced to hunt down the evil known as the Jabberwocky. It’s honestly such a unique take on Alice and I definitely think more people should read it (though do check out the trigger warnings beforehand). I can’t wait to find out where the story goes in the sequel as the book ends on a really intriguing note.

*All books marked with an asterisk were sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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October – January Wrap Up

So since I’ve been taking a break from blogging I’ve obviously read quite a few books that I haven’t spoken about so I figured I’d just do a huge wrap up rather than posting small individual ones (as I really didn’t read a lot per month). I’m trying to get back into regularly posting now as things have been hectic these past few months so try to bear with me. You also may notice that I haven’t been reading a lot of books and that’s because I’ve been having vision problems that are making it hard to read and I’m currently having that looked at to see what the problem is. I have been trying to listen to audio books though but I just haven’t been able to get on with the narrators so feel free to recommend some good audio books if you know of any. Thanks for reading this long paragraph and sticking with me! (BTW sorry if this is a bit slap dash as I just really wanted to get this posted.)

the-girl-with-all-the-gifts-by-m-r-careyThe Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An original and exciting  apocalyptic novel that takes the typical zombie lore in a completely different direction. Melanie is a young girl who knows nothing of the world outside of the school she lives in, every day she is taken from her cell, strapped into a wheelchair and taken to class. This continues on and on and slowly Melanie notices things are changing, her classmates seem to disappear randomly and things are tense in the compound. i just had so much fun reading this book, it’s fast paced and exciting and just so easy to read. I loved the character development of both Melanie and the people around her as they accept the world that they live in. I really liked this and I can’t wait to see the film.

bones-and-allBones and All by Camille DeAngelis ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This book is kind of a magical realism take on cannibalism, i know that sounds really strange but it’s such a good story. Maren and her mother have to move every few months, every time they settle down for too long Maren ends up eating somebody. Yes, eating somebody. On her eighteenth birthday Maren wakes to her mother gone, leaving only enough for her to get by, she’s been abandoned. This leads Maren to search for the father she’s ever known and possibly the answer to her cannibalistic problem. Maren is such an interesting character and I enjoyed reading from the perspective of a sort of anti-hero as she struggles to control her urges. It’s definitely not a happy story (note – cannibalism) but it’s so interesting to read. I loved following Maren’s journey as she is thrust into the real world after being protected by her mother her whole life whilst also trying to be a normal teenage girl. It’s definitely an underrated novel that I think’s worth a read.

faithful-placeFaithful Place by Tana French  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Another great addition the Dublin Murder Squad series! This time the story focuses on Frank, an undercover officer who we met in the second book. I enjoyed his story a lot more than I thought I would and Frank quickly grew on me despite my issues with him early on. Faithful Place focuses on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Frank’s first love and the resurfacing of her suitcase in the rundown house they used to meet in. I had an inkling to the plot twist early on but I still really enjoyed it and I loved the dynamic between Frank and his family, it came across as really authentic. I can’t wait to get around to the next book as this has quickly become one of my favourite series.

172-hours-on-the-moon-by-johan-harstad172 Hours on the Moon by Jonah Harstad ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5)

172 Hours on the Moon is a science fiction YA horror novel about 4 teenagers who all win a trip to Mars on the first space mission since the moon landing. The book focuses on the different perspectives of the people involved in this mission as well as the teenagers as they prepare for this mission, it also has interesting pictures and mixed media aspects to add to the reading experience. To be honest after hearing how terrifying this book was supposed to be I was slightly underwhelmed. It’s creepy but not terrifying as I’d hoped, I think I expected a more exciting reveal to all of the secrets and hints to what lay on the moon. Despite this it was a fun book and the ending went a totally different way than I was expecting.

defender-by-g-x-toddDefender by G. X. Todd ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’m going to be writing a full review ASAP. Quick thoughts though – this book was so action-packed and fast paced that I genuinely couldn’t put it down. It has so many unexpected twists and turns that you never know what may happen next so you have to keep reading. It’s set in a post apocalyptic world and was a really fun read. More in my review!

forgive-me-leonard-peacockForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’ve had this book for a while and picked it off of my bookshelf on a whim one day when I was looking for a stand-alone book to read and I was actually pleasantly surprised with how this book turned out. Leonard is a teenage boy who decides that the only option for him is to kill his ex-best-friend turned bully and then himself. But first, he has to say goodbye to the few friends he has and it doesn’t exactly go the way he expects. As expected this is a sad yet sometimes funny story that focuses on the struggles of a teenage boy as he has to deal with things that no child should have to deal with. This is my first Matthew Quick novel and I own a few others and after this I can’t wait to pick them up. Definitely look up potential triggers for this book though as it does deal with some sensitive subjects.

you-know-me-wellYou Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

You Know Me Well is one of the cutest and loveliest books I’ve read. It tells the story of two gay teens, Katie and Mark as they deal with their respective relationship problems and how they help each other after meeting at a gay club during Pride. I love stories that focus on friendships and I think this book kind of took the ‘whirlwind romance’ trope and applies it to the friendship between Mark and Katie. As mentioned though there is a little bit of romance in this book as both of our protagonists are dealing with crushes that they really want to work out, Katie on her best friend’s cousin and Mark on his lifelong best friend. This book deals with a lot of different topics such as unrequited love, toxic friendships and just generally being a teenager whilst also being a fun and light read which I really liked. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for something quick and easy to break up you’re reading.

a-monster-callsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book is genuinely one of the most beautifully told stories I’ve ever read. I read from the edition that featured the illustrations and tied with Patrick Ness’ writing it definitely made for an emotional read. A Monster Calls is about a young boy called Connor who is visited by a tree monster at night and in the weeks that follow the tree monster tells him three stories that change everything. I absolutely loved this book, as always Patrick Ness writes beautifully and the story is wonderfully told. I just loved it and I think it’s an important read for people of all ages. I also went to see the film adaptation in the cinema and it’s just as amazing as the book.

everything-everythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A really sweet and lovely story about a young girl who hasn’t been able to leave the house for most of her life due to severe allergies and what happens when a new family (and boy) move next door. This was such a quick read as Nicola Yoon’s writing is so addictive and the romance is so compelling that you just have to find out what happens. I haven’t read a lot of romance based YA in a while but this has definitely made me want to pick up more which is great seeing as I received Yoon’s newest novel, The Sun is also a Star for Christmas.

sherlock-holmes-and-the-disappearing-diamondSherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I posted a full review here as part of a blog tour.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

August Wrap Up

I’ve finally have time to post my August wrap up! I’ve been a little busy recently (mainly because of the new Fallout 4 DLC’s) so I’m posting this a little late which I hope is okay. Anyway last month I managed to read 11 books which is pretty good for me especially as I only managed to read 1 the month before. I’ve just been reading a lot more than I normally do recently so I’m hoping to keep reading this way during September as well. So! The books I read during August were –

Timeless by Gail Carriger ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A great end to a great series! I really enjoyed this book as it explored Alexia’s relationships with her new family and also her discovering some things about her past family. I also liked how it explored some of the side characters such as Biffy and Ivy as I love them both. I don’t want to say much in case I spoil it but I definitely recommend picking this book up! I can’t wait to start reading the spin off books in the Finishing School series.

The Girls by Emma Cline ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’m actually going to be posting a full review of this book soon!  I loved it though and definitely recommend it but I’ll talk about my thoughts more in my review.

Monstress Volume 1  by Marjorie Lu ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5)

Monstress was great but slightly confusing, like most graphic novels it drops you in at the deep end and it sometimes left me wondering what was going on. It had a really interesting epic fantasy plot with an amazing female character but sometimes the actual backstory wasn’t easy to follow. The art was absolutely beautiful though and I did really enjoy it. I’ll probably pick up the next volume once it comes out.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book was phenomenal! The writing was beautiful and the plot flowed so beautifully and I couldn’t stop reading once I started. The main protagonist, Yeine was such a fascinating, strong character and her transition from the leader of a small settlement to heiress to the king was really interesting to read about. I loved Jemisin’s inclusion of the gods, the world and backstory she built was so intricately designed that I had to keep reading until I found out what happened. I also loved the poly relationship inclusion too, there should be way more in fiction. I ordered the second book as soon as I finished this one and I can’t wait to read it!

Daughter of the Forest by Juliette Marillier  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

After reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms I was in the mood for more fantasy so I picked up Daughter of the Forest as it seems to be a staple in all of the epic fantasy recommendation lists I’ve read and I know why. It’s exactly what you’d expect out of an epic fantasy book, great world building, interesting characters and a compelling plot. As it’s a retelling of  ‘The Six Swans’ fairy tale it had a certain magical and homely atmosphere to it which I loved.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This was such an amazing book! Definitely a new favourite! It’s such an intriguing mystery about a girl, Sophie who is just leaving rehab and is on a mission to solve a murder she was witness to. I loved how it flicked from current events to the past to reveal what lead up to each moment and it’s so genuinely fascinating. I thought Sophie’s relationship with Mina was really heart wrenching and was glad the author didn’t act as if Sophie wasn’t affected by what had happened and actually dealt with the emotional aftermath. I really loved it and the mystery of who the killer was left me gripped to the end.

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I was really craving a great science fiction book and I’m so glad I chose this to read. I liked the main character, Sirantha a lot and I thought her power, the ability to jump through ‘grimspace’ was really unique and created a lot of interesting situations. Sirantha is struggling after her ship crash lands leaving everybody, including her boyfriend, dead and she absolutely has no memory of it. Once arrested for this crash she is then freed by a group of people who, like the her previous employers want to use her for their own means. I just found this book really fun and compelling, I loved all of the characters and though I wasn’t such a huge fan of the romance I still couldn’t stop reading. I can’t wait to pick up the next book!

Wonder Woman – Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ (2.5)

I picked this up from the library on a whim because I love Wonder Woman but it really didn’t do it for me. It’s always hard to get into comics because of the multiple storylines but this just seemed a lot less coherent than the rest. I felt like WW’s character wasn’t given the writing she deserved and there was to much focus on her relationship, Nemesis rather than the consequences of her previous actions. I’m also kinda sick of the whole pitting great female characters against each other to sell more copies as it really reduces Wonder Woman’s character to someone I can’t recognise. The art is really beautiful though so I guess that’s a selling point!

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is such a perfect summer romance read! I needed something cute and fun after reading a lot of dark and sometimes slow build SFF books and this definitely fit the bill. Though it’s sweet and fun it does explore some deeper subjects such as unhealthy relationships whilst dealing with the otherwise normal high school drama. Leila has to deal with a lot, her parents expectations of her, her sexuality and shifting social groups and she’s still such a sweet and funny character despite the hardships she’s been dealt. I also loved her developing relationship which I won’t spoil, I thought it was really raw and real compared to her previous relationship and this book just contained such a great cast of characters that you can’t help but love.

In the Woods by Tana French ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I’m not normally a huge reader of crime novels but In the Woods left me with a newfound love for the genre. I went into it without knowing what it was really about and I think that made it all the better as most of the plot was a mystery to me. I don’t want to spoil too much but it focuses on the murder investigation of a young girl in a small Irish town.The lead detective, Rob notices the similarities to a missing persons case that he was involved in as a child and tries to search for the answers about his past. The end wasn’t exactly what I wanted as it left some questions unanswered which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars.

The Likeness by Tana French ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is the ‘sequel’ to In the Woods though it is more of a companion novel. It’s set a bit after the first book but focuses on Rob’s partner, Cassie when she’s faced with a dead body that looks almost identical to her own, using an undercover identity she once used. I honestly loved this book and everything in it. I loved the group dynamic that’s included and the actual investigation itself is so intriguing. I just really loved this book and it’s definitely a new favourite. I can’t wait to read the next book from her ex-boss Frank’s point of view as he was a really interesting character.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

WWW Wednesday/July Wrap Up

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. This meme involves answering three questions. What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’re going to read next? I’ve also decided to sorta combine this post with my monthly wrap up as I was only able to read one book last month.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading three books at the moment, The Girls by Emma Cline, Timeless by Gail Carriger and Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu. I’m around halfway through all of these so I’ll most likely review all of these in my August Wrap Up.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe. It was the only book I read last month and I posted a review as part of a book tour here which I’m also counting as my monthly wrap up review.

girl hearts girls

What do you think you’re going to read next?

I might read either Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (as I’ll have finished the Parasol Protectorate series by then) or DC Bombshells Volume 1 as I really want to get back into reading comic books again and I love the art style from what I’ve seen of DC Bombshells already. I also have a few other books I’d like to read this month but I may make these two priority.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

February Wrap Up/March TBR

Since I didn’t read a lot in February I figured I’d just combine my February Wrap Up with my March TBR to make it a bit quicker and easier. I only managed to finish 2 books in February (I started 2 others) despite having a really good reading month in January so I’m kind of disappointed. Hopefully I can make up for it in March! So here are the books I read in February –

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This was such a captivating (no pun intended) read, it gripped me from start to finish and I immediately ordered the second book once I finished. Captive Prince focuses on political intrigue and relationships that develop in this historical fantasy-esque society where slavery (particularly sex slavery) is the norm. The main relationship is so unhealthy and messed up and though I fundamentally disagree with the characters actions I just really want to see how it plays out which was the main factor that kept me reading. Captive Prince basically goes against everything I stand for but I couldn’t put it down. It’s very intriguing but very violent and disturbing so I recommend looking into potential triggers before reading. I was really gripped by this book though so I can’t wait to continue on with the series because I just can’t see how the story is going to work itself out.

Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A great sequel to an amazing first novel. I loved how the story developed in this book and delved deeper into the relationship between Seregil and Alec as well as expanded upon secondary characters such as Beka (who I love). I don’t really want to go into too much detail as this is the sequel but I will say that this book took a lot of unexpected twists and turns and I loved it. I definitely recommend picking this series up if you’re looking for a fun but intriguing epic fantasy. You can find my review of the first book here.

I also started A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab and Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti  and I hope to finish them both in March.

This month’s TBR is a bit big seeing as I didn’t read much in February but these are the books I’d really like to get to and the pile I’ll be choosing from this month so I figured I’d just list them all. The books I hope to read are –

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (I’ve started this and I’m really liking it!)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (I read this a long time ago but I want to refresh my memory for Jane Steele.)

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I also want to read a few books that were on last month’s TBR such as Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb and Traitor’s Moon by Lynn Flewelling.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

 

January Wrap Up

Hello! During January I read a total of 11 books which I’m pretty happy with as it puts me quite a bit ahead in my Goodreads challenge of 52 books. I’m also happy because I was able to read all of my TBR books expect one (which I couldn’t seem to find) as well as a few other interesting books. (Sorry if the formatting on mobile is a bit strange!)


 

bronzeThe Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was a heartwrenching read centered around an epic romance between a soldier, Alexander and a civilian, Tatiana in in WWII Russia. It’s such an emotionally wrought story and Simon’s writes beautifully. The romance isn’t exactly what I would call healthy but the drama of the situation just gripped me from start to finish. Such an interesting read!

 

Ship of DestinyShip of Destiny by Robin Hobb ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This was the final book in the Liveship Traders series and it was a good ending to a great series. I won’t spoil it but I wasn’t a fan of certain parts of the plot towards the end but it was a good read nonetheless. I’m happy with how a lot of plots points wrapped up and I can’t wait to maybe see some of these characters again in the future.

 

Tatiana and AlexanderTatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Though I enjoyed this book it wasn’t quite as gripping as the first book and the writing seemed somewhat plainer. I also enjoyed Tatiana’s chapters a lot more than Alexander’s, the more I read from him the more I dislike him, they’re relationship really isn’t healthy. Despite this as with The Bronze Horseman, the drama is too good to resist and I sped through it.

 

the secret of the old clockThe Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (Maybe 3.5)
I’ve always wanted to read the Nancy Drew books from the beginning so I decided I’d finally start to read them this year. It was a quick, fun read and though it was slightly predictable and a bit outdated I still really want to continue on with the series to see where it goes.

 

 

UnteachableUnteachable by Leah Raeder (Elliot Wake) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This book was an interesting read. Whilst the writing style was fluid and entertaining the main relationship (student/teacher) just made me kinda uncomfortable though I did know what it was about going in. I don’t know if it was the age gap or the power imbalance but that’s just me. As a book though it was an entertaining and gripping overall and I can’t wait to read more from Elliot Wake.

 

landlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (Maybe 3.5)
This is the second book I’ve read of Rainbow Rowell’s and it’s made me want to read even more. I love magical realism so I definitely loved that aspect of this book though I do wish it had been developed a little bit more. I enjoyed the exploration of Georgie’s marriage and the look into her writing career. Overall it was a pretty good book.

 

these broken starsThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5)
I actually really liked this book a lot. I loved how survival focused this book was and that the bond that developed between the two main characters seems really genuine. It also had a lot more depth than I expected and as more and more secrets were revealed it became more and more intriguing. I can’t wait to read the next book!

 

Fool's ErrandFool’s Errand by Robin Hobb ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fool’s Errand was incredible! I love the Fitz/Fool relationship, they’re hilariously sweet together and the scenes between them are incredible. I wont spoil it for anybody who hasn’t read this series but it’s devastating and phenomenal, I loved it! So many new things are introduced and as always Robin Hobb writes amazingly.

 

The Golden FoolThe Golden Fool by Robin Hobb ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Again, the Fitz/Fool bond was quite a big focus throughout the book which I loved and the plot was perfectly paced and Hobb’s writing kept me gripped throughout. I enjoyed seeing Fitz rekindling his old friendships and the family dynamic. It’s a great continuation from Fool’s Errand and I sped through it to get to Fool’s Fate. I just really loved this book!

 

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4/4.5) *Minor fools fateSpoilers*
This book was devestating in both positive and negative ways. The relationships and the return of old characters – positive, the ending – negative. Though I was hoping for a Fitz/Fool ending I would have been satisfied with Fitz finding new happiness but it didn’t happen and it felt a little cop-outish and slightly strange. I was happy to see Molly’s character again though as I loved her in the Farseer Triogy. I still loved the actual plot though and I can’t wait  to get back to the Fitz storyline.

luck in the shadowsLuck in the Shadows ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved this book! It’s a great epic fantasy with loads of intriguing and complex characters. I actually did a full review here in case anybody would like to know more.

 

 


So these are the books that I read during January! I read a lot of pretty good books in January so hopefully February is the same. Feel free to let me know in the comments what you think of these books! Thanks for reading. 🙂

December Wrap Up

I read a total of 5 books during December which I’m pretty pleased with seeing as everything was hectic with Christmas so hopefully I can read just as much if not more during January. The books I read were –

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I really enjoyed this book but it just wasn’t quite as amazing as I was expecting after the Farseer trilogy. I enjoyed some POV’s more than others and the plot took me a while to get used to but it was still a really interesting and entertaining read nonetheless.

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit more than Ship of Magic, it developed the plot ideas presented in the first book and made for a really great read. I really enjoyed the backstory of the Liveships and the Rain Wild traders,  Robin Hobb’s worldbuilding and writing are both phenomenal.

Carol by Patricia Highsmith  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I wrote about this book as one of the best I read during the year in this post here so feel free to check that out if you’d like to know more of my thoughts. To summarise Carol is a lovely, heartwarming romance novel that I highly recommend.

My True Love Gave To Me – Edited by Stephanie Perkins ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I read the first half of this book last December and finished the second half this year. I haven’t read many short story collections but I actually really liked this one. There were some stories I enjoyed more than others such as Holly Black’s, Rainbow Rowell’s etc but they were all really nice holiday stories that got me in the Christmas spirit.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Snow Child is a perfect mix of magical realism, family drama and romance. It tells the story of a middle aged couple who live in a cabin in 1920’s Alaska who are visited by a girl every winter, the story frequently ties into a fairytale about a girl built out of snow. It’s a heartwarming story about a couple repairing their relationship again with the help of a little girl. I may do a full review in the future as this was a review copy.

I also started The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons and Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb during December so they’ll both be in my January Wrap Up. 🙂